If you are a performer, author, or athlete, immigrating to Canada may be easier than you expect.
One of the underused application categories for immigration to Canada is the self-employed category. As part of the broader economic class, the general policy intent for granting permanent residence on this basis is to develop and support a prosperous Canadian economy.
In the self employed category, Canada seeks to attract individuals who have the “intention and ability” to create their own employment and to make a significant contribution to the cultural, artistic or athletic life of Canada. (The category is also open to those who undertake to purchase and manage a Canadian farm but the number of applicants in this area is small).
The benefit of applying in this immigration category is that the “point grid” which is used in other sub-categories of the economic class is relaxed – only 35 points are required, and fluency in English combined with a couple of years of self employment goes a long way to meeting this target.
The interesting aspect of this category is the scope of occupations identified as making a significant contribution to artistic and cultural life in Canada. There are 33 occupational categories, covering occupations as diverse as editors and journalists, photographers and graphic designers, and film makers.
As Canadians, we can be proud of this category because it demonstrates Canada’s commitment to artistic and cultural life. As newcomers to Canada, it puts out a welcome mat as well as a pat on the back for an established history of navigating the unpredictable waters of self employment.
It is interesting to note that the recent sweeping changes affecting almost every other category of immigration to Canada have skipped over the self-employed category. Surely this is an indication that in executing a plan to attract artists and athletes to Canada, the self-employed category has got it right.